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Press Release: Legal Action Center Announces Release of State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System

The Legal Action Center today announced the release of the new web tool State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System, which includes state-by-state profiles with information about the health system and health coverage options that are available in each state and the District of Columbia.

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How to Respond if a Court is Kicking You Off Medication-Assisted Treatment for Addiction

In the Addiction Blog post Kicked Off Medication-Assisted Treatment by a Court: Here’s How to Fight for Your Legal Rights, LAC’s Legal Director Sally Friedman explains how to respond if a court kicks you or someone you care about off medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for heroin or opioid addiction.

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Take Action Today for Federal Fair Chance Hiring

Join Legal Action Center, NELP, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and organizations from across the country today for a National Day of Action calling on President Obama to give people with records a fair chance to work at federal agencies and contractors.

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Due Tomorrow! Comments in response to proposed rule applying parity law to Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP, and Alternative Benefits plans

In order to help strengthen the final parity rule, the Coalition for Whole Health has drafted comments to submit to HHS in response to the proposed rule applying parity. If you represent an organization that would like to be added to the list of signatories on the Coalition for Whole Health’s comments, please email Sherie Boyd at sboyd@lac.org by 2 pm tomorrow, June 9.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Rob Portman introduce bill to reauthorize the Second Chance Act

Legal Action Center is pleased to report that yesterday Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Rob Portman introduced legislation to reauthorize the Second Chance Act. Originally passed in 2008, the Second Chance Act is already reducing recidivism and improving public safety. Recidivism rates are down by 11% in Texas, 19% in North Carolina and 9% in Wisconsin. Since 2009, Second Chance programs have served over 92,000 people in 49 states and the District of Columbia. After several years of implementation and study, it’s time to reauthorize and update the law to emphasize and improve the most effective programs.

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REAL Act would restore Pell Grant eligibility for students in prison

LAC is pleased to report that last week, Rep. Donna Edwards, along with Reps. Danny K. Davis, Barbara Lee , Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Rosa L. DeLauro, and Cedric L. Richmond, introduced the Restoring Education and Learning Act (REAL Act), legislation that would restore Pell Grant eligibility for students learning in prison.

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LAC Writes about Myths and Facts Surrounding Medication Assisted Treatment in Addiction Blog

In the Addiction Blog post Myths versus Facts: The Truth about Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction, Legal Action Center’s Senior Policy Associate Mark O’Brien writes about the myths that persist around medication-assisted treatment and the facts that can give people a better understanding of these powerful treatments and how they are administered.

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LAC President Quoted in USA Today, Calls for Better Access to Addiction Treatment

In the May 24 article Addiction treatment hard to find, even as overdose deaths soar by Liz Szabo of USA Today, Legal Action Center’s Director and President Paul Samuels declares that the question of whether addiction treatment works is settled. According to Samuels, “The data is there, the evidence is in, but our public policy has not caught up with the science.”

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LAC President Quoted in USA Today, Calls for More Syringe Exchange, Prevention and Treatment

In the May 7 article Hepatitis C infections soaring, fueled by prescription painkiller abuse by Liz Szabo of USA Today, Legal Action Center’s Director and President Paul Samuels is cited for his call to expand access to needle exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. Samuels also calls for more substance use prevention and treatment, more medications to treat opioid addiction, and other harm reduction activities to combat the opioid epidemic and its consequences.

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Join Us for a National Call-In Day and Support the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

Join the National Call-In Day on Wednesday, April 29 by calling your Senators and Representative in Congress and asking them to co-sponsor and support the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

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